How to Create Stunning Special Effects with Alien Skin Xenofex 2
If you are looking for a way to spice up your photos and graphics with some amazing special effects, you might want to check out Alien Skin Xenofex 2. This is a plug-in that works with popular programs such as Photoshop, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop Elements. It offers 14 filter effects that let you simulate natural phenomena, transform your images into artistic creations, or add some realistic damage and decay.
In this article, I will show you some examples of what you can do with Xenofex 2 and how to use it effectively. You will also learn how to get a free trial version of the plug-in and where to find a keygen to unlock the full version.
What is Alien Skin Xenofex 2
Alien Skin Xenofex 2 is a plug-in that adds 14 filter effects to your image editing program. These effects are:
Burnt Edges: Creates a realistic burnt edge around your image or selection.
Classic Mosaic: Turns your image into a mosaic of colored tiles with various patterns.
Constellation: Transforms your image into a starry night sky.
Crumple: Wrinkles and folds your image like a crumpled paper.
Electrify: Generates stunning lightning bolts and electrical discharges on your image.
Flag: Makes your image wave like a flag in the wind.
Lightning: Creates realistic lightning strikes on your image or selection.
Little Fluffy Clouds: Adds fluffy clouds to your image or selection.
Puzzle: Turns your image into a jigsaw puzzle with customizable pieces.
Rip Open: Rips open your image or selection with jagged edges.
Shatter: Breaks your image or selection into fragments.
Stain: Adds stains and spots to your image or selection.
Television: Simulates the look of an old TV screen with scan lines, distortion, and ghosting.
Web: Spins a spider web on your image or selection.
Each effect has its own dialog box with a large preview window and various controls and options to customize the result. You can also save and load presets for each effect, or use the randomize button to get a different outcome every time.
How to Use Alien Skin Xenofex 2
To use Xenofex 2, you need to have one of the compatible programs installed on your computer. These are:
Adobe Photoshop 6 or later
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 or later
Macromedia Fireworks MX or later
Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 or later
You can download a free trial version of Xenofex 2 from the Alien Skin website. The trial version will work for 30 days and will watermark your images with the word \"demo\". To remove the watermark and use the plug-in indefinitely, you need to purchase a license key from Alien Skin or find a keygen online.
To install Xenofex 2, run the setup file and follow the instructions. The plug-in will automatically detect your compatible programs and ask you where to install it. You can choose more than one program if you have them. After installation, you can access Xenofex 2 from the filters menu of your program.
To apply an effect, open an image in your program and select Filter > Alien Skin Xenofex 2 > (effect name). A dialog box will appear with a preview of the effect and various controls and options. You can adjust the settings as you like, or use one of the presets from the drop-down menu. You can also click on the randomize button to get a different result every time. When you are happy with the effect, click OK to apply it to your image. You can undo or redo the effect if you want to change it later.
Some Examples of Alien Skin Xenofex 2 Effects
To give you an idea of what you can do with Xenofex 2, here are some examples of the effects applied to different images. You can see how each effect can create a different mood and style for your photos and graphics.